City Manager

JAMES PURTEE, CITY MANAGER

Jim Purtee became Palmdale’s City Manager on October 5, 2015. After working several years in the private sector, Jim began his diverse public service career with the City of Simi Valley in 1988 where he worked in several departments and was involved in community services, affordable housing, planning, economic development and city administration.  Jim was named Assistant City Manager in July 2012, where he was responsible for intergovernmental relations and served as the City’s public information officer.

Education

Holding both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Northridge, Jim is also a graduate of the International Council of Shopping Centers – Shopping Center University in San Francisco and the Advanced Government Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin.  To obtain a Certificate in Public Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Jim has attended the: Senior Executives in State and Local Government; Driving Government Performance; and, Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling, and Action programs.

Personal Life

Happily married for the past 33 years to Tina, whom he has known since high school, they are the proud parents of four children: Erika, Elyssa, Ariana, and Ethan.

J.J. Murphy, assistant city manager

J.J. Murphy has been in public service since graduating from King’s College in 1993. 

Murphy was named the 2016 New Mexico City Manager of the Year. His expertise in building quality of life amenities in Hobbs, NM through public and private partnerships was his trademark. The municipal golf course he championed, Rockwind Community Links, received numerous awards including Golf Digest Top 10 New Courses, and Golf Inc. Top 5 New Golf Developments in the World for 2016. The Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) is a $63.5 million dollar recreational center with six public and private partners. He led this project from the beginning with construction commencing in August 2016. This facility is the most comprehensive recreational center and economic development driver within 500 miles. Coordinating both of these generational projects simultaneously was challenging. 

Murphy has been a featured speaker at various national conferences and in multiple print publications. His grasp of creating public/private partnerships with municipal government projects enables communities to fund these projects both short and long-term. He serves on the board of the National Council of Public-Private Partnerships. In 2018, he was named one of Muni Golf’s Top Change Agents in golf for his work delivering Rockwind Community Links.

Murphy served as a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, with the majority of his 20 years of service spent managing command and control centers in Africa, Haiti and around the world.

Education

Murphy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from King’s College, and a Master of  Public Administration from Marywood University. He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and has completed the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia, ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute, Harvard Kennedy Schools’ Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in 2013, Leadership in the 21st Century in 2017, and the Emerging Leaders Program in 2018. After completion of these three Harvard Kennedy School programs, he is one of very few municipal leaders that have been awarded their certificate in Public Leadership. He believes these courses enhanced his ability to identify progressive strategies and solutions to his community’s challenges. 

Personal Life

Murphy has been married to his wife, Colleen, for 20 years. They have five beautiful school-aged daughters ranging in age from nine to 19.